Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

Student hugging Comet Mascot in front of Hanover County school busNotifying Staff of Changes in Afternoon Dismissal Plans

If you know that your child’s typical dismissal plan will be altered, please fill out the “Transportation Note” available from the office. If an emergency arises and you need to make a last minute change, please call the school office at (804) 723-3440. Please do not email or text transportation changes, as this is a busy time of day. Please fill out the note to the office below to help facilitate any dismissal changes.

Student Hours

Students may enter the building between 7:30 and 7:55 a.m. There will not be adult supervision for students prior to 7:30 a.m. Our school day officially begins at 8:00 a.m.; therefore, any students arriving after 8:00 a.m. are tardy. If your child arrives after 8:00 a.m., please drive the loop in the front of the building, dropping off your child and making sure they gain entry safely. A staff member will greet them in the foyer where they will receive a tardy pass. Attending school on time each day is crucial to a child’s success. A child who is tardy starts the day playing “catch up.” Please strive to have your child at school on time daily. It will help to develop a positive pattern for them as they mature.

Morning Arrival for Car Riders

Students may be dropped off at KCES beginning at 7:30 a.m. The designated area for drop-off is the loop in the front of the building (this is a change from last year but return to normal policy). Please enter the loop from the far side of the parking lot and continue up as far as you can go. Once cars are stopped along the sidewalk, children may exit the cars. In order to prevent a traffic backup, all cars along the sidewalk should unload at the same time then exit and make room for the next group of cars. A staff member will be present beginning at 7:30 a.m. to ensure that students are supervised as they make their way into the building. Students should open the door and exit onto the sidewalk independently to prevent traffic congestion. Once your child exits the car, please wait until that line of cars is released. If you need to exit your car for any reason at drop off, please park in the parking lot and do so there.

Escorting Your Child into the Building

In an attempt to keep everyone safe this year, parents will not be allowed to accompany their children into the building. Parents should give hugs and words of encouragement for a great day at school in the car. We assure you that there are plenty of staff and student safety patrol members in our hallways to assist students that need help, and we thank you for your support in maintaining a safe environment.  

Afternoon Dismissal for Students Picked Up from School

If you plan to pick your child up from school at dismissal, please park in the side parking lot. Do not exit your car until 2:30 p.m. as we can not have people congregating due to social distancing protocols. This year, dismissal will begin at 2:30 p.m. and buses will roll out at 2:40 p.m. (This is a change!) When it is 2:30 p.m., you may walk up to the side doors by the cafeteria. Someone will be there ready to check your driver's license and call for your child(ren) from the cafeteria. Thank you for your assistance in following social distancing protocols in the pick-up line.

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